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Are we from Clare?

The Irish seaside resort Kilkee in county Clare is often compared with Kilkie and the assumption drawn that the family name is derived from the town name.

Although Kilkee is a very nice town with a lovely beach, there is no known connection between the town and the family. The town of Kilkee was originally called Cilkee and this has a different linguistic origin than Kilkie/Gilkie. Also it would be unlikely that no one with the name Kilkee exists or that there are no records of Kilkie/Gilkie anywhere near county Clare, only near Derry.

Last modified onThursday, 22 December 2016 11:56

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